News In Brief: Vodafone, Arcep, Nokia, Microsoft
Vodafone could have a bidding war on its hands over its 55% stake in Vodafone Egypt, with Orascom throwing its name into the hat as a potential buyer, WSJ.com reports. The firm held preliminary talks with Telecom Egypt about a sale last week.
Mobile VoIP users are on pace to exceed 100 million by 2012, according to Juniper Research. Half of these will reside in Europe and North America.
French telecom regulator Arcep has appointed a new director general. Michel Combot will take on the management of the fixed and mobile services and the customer relations departments.
Nokia has forged a series of new partnerships to support the development of its Ovi Maps service. Community reviews supplied by Qype, mapping data from NAVTEQ and information from guide writers Lonely Planet, WCities and Michelin will be added to the service.
Microsoft may cut the monthly fee of its Zune monthly streaming service, as it struggles to compete with rivals such as iTunes and Rhapsody.